Academic Period

The history of community design can be broken up into three eras: the Idealistic Period, the Pragmatic Period, and the Academic Period. Loosely described in Sheri Blake’s ‘Redefining Community Design’ and in Donovan Finn and Jason Brody’s “The State of Community Design: An Analysis of Community Design Center Services,” the current Academic Period began in the late 1990s. During this era, Community design centers became embedded in academic institutions, and the model experienced renewed interest with younger generations who increasingly value organizing and social change.